I must say, visa application for Philippine Passport holders has become so much easier these days as Filipinos gain respect as world travelers. I remember having to be inline at 5am applying for Japan visa in 2006. This is the reason why I started the visa application series in this blog in 2011, because that was the biggest challenge for me to accomplish my dream to travel around the world. But anyway, I have done it.
I’m really excited for next year in February because I’m going to visit New Zealand for the first time. It will be my 60th country! So once again, I’m applying for tourist visa. Thanks to online visa applications and third party agencies like VFS Global for making life simpler.
Here you go, simple steps in applying for New Zealand visa online.
CAN YOU APPLY NEW ZEALAND VISA ONLINE?
Yes. Philippine Passport Holders can apply for New Zealand visa online. But it’s not easy to find the link online, so here it is –> this link
You will most likely find the link to VFS Global, a third party agency that handles visa application for New Zealand and other countries. You will be directed to download application form to fill, photo copy of all requirements, and submit to their Manila or Cebu office. This is just as good but,
New Zealand Immigration Online Visa Application is cheaper and paperless (technically, less paper since you still have to print 1 page).
Simply create a RealMe account, fill up the online form, and attach the requirements.
REQUIREMENTS AND SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS
Here are the list of requirement and supporting document you will need to prepare. The best thing about applying online is that you will be submitting them in soft format. Save the Planet by printing less!
- Photo – passport size, light background, follow this specification for file size and photo ratio.
- Valid Passport – scan pages with personal information; don’t forget signature on page 3 (new passport)
- Government issued Identification Card – driver’s license, PRC, SSS, GSIS, TIN, Philhealth
- Evidence as bona fide applicant – honestly I don’t know what to put here, so I decided to write a cover letter stating my intention which I attached as supporting document.
- Proof of Employment – letter of leave from employer
- Evidence of Fund – Bank Certificate; Bank Statements; Updated Passbook
- Evidence of Onward Travel – Flight booking
Supporting Documents – these are not explicitly requested, but it can help establish your identity, intention, and ability to finance yourself
- Cover Letter – letter of intention and plans; this
- Driver’s License
- Other Financial Document – Credit card billing statement, ITR
- Self Employed – business permit, SEC or DTI registration, Annual ITR
- Record of Previous Travels – My passport is new so I scanned pages of my old passport showing visas and immigration stamps, otherwise just pages from your current passport.
There are more options as supporting document, so just choose those applicable to you. For myself, the above are what I submitted.
Note: All document except your passport photos (in jpg) should be in pdf format.
SUBMIT PASSPORT TO VFS
After completing the online application process, you will be directed to an acknowledgement page which you’ll need to print out. This print out will then be submitted together with your passport to the VFS offices for processing.
You will receive an acknowledgement receipt email with more instruction on when and where to send your passport.
Mezzanine Floor, M01
2305 Chino Roces Avenue Extension
9th Floor Keppel Centre
Samar Loop cnr. Cardinal Rosales Avenue
Cebu Business Park
Cebu City 6000
HOW MUCH IS NEW ZEALAND VISA FEE?
New Zealand visa is free (no charge) for Filipinos, however there is a handling fee to VFS. Here find the table of fees in applying visa to New Zealand
Passport Handling – Php 570
*Courier Service – Php 380
*SMS – Php 110
*Optional – i didn’t avail of these because you actually get email updates daily, and 380 is quite steep for courier so I just send my messenger.
** If you decide to apply directly at VFS (not online), you’ll have to pay for the Application Fee of Php760
NEW ZEALAND VISA PROCESSING TIME
The processing time varies from 3 days to 15 days depending on the season. New Zealand summer is during Christmas season so the visa processing time would be longer. You can apply as early as 3 months before your entry date.
My Application Timeline
Dec 1 – Submitted my application form online
Dec 4 – Received email instruction to send my passport to VFS
Dec 5 – Sent Passport o VFS
Dec 7 – Visa Approved
NO VISA LABEL ON PASSPORT
This document further states that an electronic record of my visa is with the Immigration New Zealand and that I do not require a visa label on my passport. Instead, I should print this document and carry it with me when I’m in New Zealand. This is like the Australian Visa I received in 2015.
That said, I don’t know why I needed to submit my original passport to VFS. I’m still waiting for advise as to when I can go claim my passport.
I got multiple entry visa valid for 2 years from December 7, 2017. I can stay in New Zealand for 60 days at a time.
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